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2005: TATOOSH & STEVENS RIDGES, MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

WTU's Ben Legler and MORA's Pete Del Zotto led collecting trips in early August to the Tatoosh Range and Steven's Ridge on the south side of Mount Rainier over a period of two days. The first day was spent in the vicinity of Pinnacle Saddle and Plummer Peak in the Tatoosh Range, an area of subalpine habitat that has been poorly collected in the past. The focus of the second day were the glacial basins and alpine slopes around upper Steven's Ridge east of Paradise where no trails go.

144 collections were made totaling 338 specimens. These were soon identified at the WTU Herbarium by Ben Legler with volunteer assistance.

Volunteers from WTU for the 2005 MORA trip included Deanna Goldy, Don Knoke, and Sharon Rodman. Besides Pete Del Zotto, participating NOCA staff included Arnie Peterson.


RESULTS
# of Collections  144
# of Specimens  338
# of Taxa  105
 
Approach to Stevens Ridge, with Tatoosh Range in background.
Photo by Ben Legler
Pete Del Zotto and Arnie Peterson pressing specimens, Tatoosh Range.
Photo by Ben Legler
Deanna Goldy, Sharon Rodman, and Don Knoke pressing specimens, Tatoosh Range.
Photo by Ben Legler
Pedicularis contorta, Tatoosh Range.
Photo by Ben Legler
Castilleja rupicola and Solidago multiradiata var. scopulorum at summit of Plummer Peak, Tatoosh Range.
Photo by Ben Legler
Luetkea pectinata, Tatoosh Range.
Photo by Ben Legler
Spiraea splendens, Tatoosh Range.
Photo by Ben Legler
Mountain Goat, Tatoosh Range.
Photo by Ben Legler
Descending off Tatoosh Range after a full day of collecting.
Photo by Ben Legler
View of Stevens Ridge from above Paradise.
Photo by Ben Legler
Mt. Rainier from near Sluiskin Falls.
Photo by Ben Legler
Mimulus tilingii var. caespitosus in headwaters of Stevens Creek.
Photo by Ben Legler
Elmera racemosa var. racemosa, in headwaters of Stevens Creek.
Photo by Ben Legler
Mimulus lewisii in headwaters of Stevens Creek, with Mt. Rainier in background.
Photo by Ben Legler
Recently de-glaciated terrain in headwaters of Stevens Creek.
Photo by Ben Legler
Sharon Rodman on Stevens Ridge.
Photo by Ben Legler
Don Knoke and Pete Del Zotto traversing upper Stevens Ridge.
Photo by Ben Legler

New Records for Mount Rainier National Park: These taxa were not previously documented from within the park boundaries with a voucher specimen at the MORA herbarium.

Abies lasiocarpa
Phacelia leptosepala
Poa fendleriana
Polypodium amorphum
Ribes acerifolium